2006 Little League® Baseball Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
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2006

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Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament
Host - Eastern Region Headquarters; Bristol, Connecticut
At Breen Field; A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center

Participating Teams City League
Delaware State Champions Wilmington Naamans LL
District of Columbia Champions Washington D.C. Capitol City LL
Maryland State Champions Preston South Caroline LL
New Jersey State Champions Livingston Livingston American LL
New York State Champions Staten Island Mid-Island LL
Pennsylvania State Champions Butler Butler Township LL

The 2006 Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament used a pool play format. At the completion of pool competition, the top four teams advanced to single-elimination semifinal and championship round games.

Click here to view state tournament results for Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament participants.


Tournament Results:

Day 1 (Saturday, August 5):
South Caroline (Maryland) 4, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0
Mid-Island (New York) 10, Naamans (Delaware) 9

Day 2 (Sunday, August 6):
Mid-Island 4, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0
Livingston American (New Jersey) 10, Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 3

Day 3 (Monday, August 7):
Naamans (Delaware) 4, Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 2
Mid-Island (New York) 20, South Caroline (Maryland) 10

Day 4 (Tuesday, August 8):
South Caroline (Maryland) 4, Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 1
Livingston American (New Jersey) 7, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 2

Day 5 (Wednesday, August 9):
South Caroline (Maryland) 7, Naamans (Delaware) 4
Livingston American (New Jersey) 8, Mid-Island (New York) 6 (7 innings)

Day 6 (Thursday, August 10):
Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 3, Capitol City (District of Columbia) 2
Livingston American (New Jersey) 8, Naamans (Delaware) 5


Standings

W

L

Runs
Allowed
Livingston American (New Jersey) 4 0 16
Mid-Island (New York) 3 1 27
South Caroline (Maryland) 3 1 25
Naamans (Delaware) 1 3 27
Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 1 3 20
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 4 18

The top four teams advance to the semifinal round.

Ties are broken based on records in head-to-head competition among tied teams. If a clear winner cannot be determined from head-to-head results, the tie is broken by calculating the ratio of runs allowed to defensive innings played for all teams involved in the tie. The team with the lowest runs-per-defensive-inning ratio advances.

In the event of a tie involving three or more teams, once the initial tie is broken, the remaining tied teams are again compared on head-to-head record to determine if a clear winner can be identified. If no clear winner can be identified from head-to-head results among the remaining tied teams, the runs-per-defensive-inning ratio is again used. This process is repeated until all ties have been broken.

Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Semifinals (Friday, August 11)

Mid-Island (Staten Island) 2, South Caroline (Maryland) 1 (7 innings)
Livingston American (New Jersey) 16, Naamans (Delaware) 3 (6 innings)

Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Championship Game (Monday, August 14)

Mid-Island (Staten Island) 2, Livingston American (New Jersey) 1 (TITLE)


Summary:

Frank Smith had perhaps the most ordinary name among any of the 72 players competing in Little League Baseball's 2006 Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

He provided one of the tournament's most extraordinary moments.

Smith's walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the sixth inning snapped a 1-1 tie, and lifted his Mid-Island Little League all-star team (Staten Island, New York) over Livingston American (New Jersey) Little League in the championship game of the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament at the A. Bartlett Giamanti Little League Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Connecticut.

With the win, Mid-Island returned to the Little League World Series for the first time since 1964.

Smith's tournament-ending strike gave Mid-Island its third come-from-behind victory of the tournament. The New York champions won their semifinal round game on another walk-off home run, and overcame a five run fifth inning deficit in a tournament-opening, 10-9 victory over Naamans Little League (Wilmington, Delaware).

Smith's home run helped a never-say-die Mid-Island team avenge its only loss of the region tournament. Livingston American right fielder Nick Ebert opened the scoring with a solo home run over the right field fence in the fourth inning, then Mid-Island rallied in the fifth. Doug Goetz reached on a New Jersey error, and one out later, moved to second when ninth place hitter Nick Santaniello drew a walk. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, then pitcher Joe Calabrese lined a single to center field. Goetz scored easily to tie the game, and Mid-Island appeared to take the lead when a special pinch runner also scored following an errant throw to the plate. But Livingston successfully appealed that the second runner missed third base, and the game remained tied.

In the sixth, Smith fell behind 1-2 in the count, then fouled off three pitches and took ball two before driving a pitch over the left center field fence.

"Besides the home run, that was a great at-bat," said Mid-Island manager Nick Doscher of Smith's plate appearance. "He got behind early, he was out in front of pitches, then he fouled off a bunch and stayed back and put the ball out to left center field."

Calabrese, who struck out twelve and scattered six hits, outdueled Livingston American pitcher Zach Gray (twelve strikeouts, four hits allowed) as Mid-Island became the fourth Staten Island league ever to reach the Little League World Series.

Livingston American had edged Mid-Island, 8-6 in seven innings, during pool competition. But both teams had already secured semifinal round berths, and the teams' managers turned to seldom-used pitchers in the first encounter.

"They're a great team," said Livingston American manager Joe Cunningham prior to the championship game. "It was late in pool play when we played (the first time), and both our pitching staffs were a little thin."

Livingston American came into the championship game fresh off of a blistering 16-3 victory over Naamans in the semifinal round, with shortstop Jon Pena's two-run homer in the first and grand slam in the sixth pacing a sixteen hit attack. Gray had four hits for the New Jersey champions, while second baseman Brandon Levy and pitcher John Sorrentino added three apiece as Livingston American reached double-digit hits for the fourth time in five tournament games.

Mid-Island had a more difficult route to the title game, and staved off elimination with an epic 2-1, seven inning victory over South Caroline Little League (Preston, Maryland) in the other semifinal.

Mid-Island fell behind immediately against South Caroline when Maryland's Brandon Nelson led off the game by drilling a hanging curveball over the scoreboard beyond the center field fence. That left the New Yorkers faced with the daunting task of needing to rally against Nelson, an imposing right-hander who struck out 17 and 14 batters while allowing a total of four hits and one run in two pool competition victories.

"He's without a doubt the hardest thrower we've faced," said Doescher.

Nelson (fourteen strikeouts) carried a one-hit shutout into the sixth, and had his team one strike away from victory when Mid-Island third baseman Vincent Yodice singled to center field to score Smith from second base to tie the game.

Smith had singled with one out, then moved to second on a passed ball.

Both pitchers switched positions after the sixth due to Little League Baseball pitching rules for the international tournament, and Matt Davis led off the bottom of the seventh by sending an 0-2 pitch over the left field fence to lift Staten Island into the championship game.

"You can question a lot of things when it comes to a baseball game," said Doscher after his team clawed its way to the comeback victory. "But you can never question the heart and the fight in a team, and that's what this team is about."

"Nelson is legit," added the Mid-Island manager. "He's one of the best ballplayers I've ever seen, but I knew that my kids would leave it all out on the field. That's exactly what they did."

Staten Island's late inning push was possible only because pitcher Chris Goetz stifled South Caroline's offense following Nelson's early home run. The right-hander walked Nelson intentionally in his only other plate appearances, and struck out eleven while not allowing another hit in the game.

"He has that attitude that he just wants the ball every day," said Doscher of his team's eleven-year-old pitcher. "The team feeds off that. They know that he's going out there with a lot of confidence, and it makes them play with a lot of confidence."

Mid-Island's victory was its second over South Caroline in the tournament, but had no resemblance to the first meeting, a slugfest in which the New York champions collected 21 hits and used a nine run fifth inning rally to record a 20-10, five inning victory. The tournament's pool competition format meant Doscher needed to reach deeper into his pitching staff, and Smith gave his team 4-1/3 innings in his first start of the international tournament. Equally importantly, the Mid-Island starter keyed his team's offense with four hits, four runs scored, and seven runs batted in. Smith doubled twice, and also helped break the game open with a three-run home run in the third inning.

The top four hitters in the Mid-Island batting order -- Calabrese, Chris Goetz, Smith, and Yodice -- sparked the team's offense, combining for 13 hits in 16 at-bats, while scoring fourteen runs and driving in twelve.

Mid-Island clinched a semifinal round berth with the win, the team's third in as many days. Chris Goetz had provided the heroics in each of New York's first two wins, both with his arm and his bat. The right-hander struck out eight and allowed only two hits in a 4-0 victory over Capitol City Little League (Washington, D.C.), and helped Mid-Island start the tournament with a victory by delivering a game-tying grand slam home run in the fifth inning of his team's win over Naamans.

Chris Goetz closed out Mid-Island's win over Delaware, stranding two baserunners with a barehanded grab and throw of a dribbler down the third base line to end the game.

"The kid refuses to lose," marveled Doscher. "He never gets rattled."

Staten Island adopted a similar attitude, and introduced the rest of the Mid-Atlantic field to their tenacious style of play in the opening day win over Delaware: Mid-Island jumped to a two-run lead, trailed by two runs, tied the game, fell behind by five, tied it again, and finally went ahead for good in the sixth inning when special pinch runner Pete Sciarillo advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored when the throw ricocheted off of the base.

"This game took you all over the landscape," said Doscher. "How many more of these I can take, I don't know."

Mid-Island's subsequent games weren't quite as back-and-forth, but the late-inning drama was ever-present in the latter stages of the tournament, and Davis and Smith answered the call with game-ending blasts.

Witnessing Smith's blow from the stands were Jeff Paul and Dom Quattrochi, two members of the 1964 Mid-Island team that won the Little League World Series.

"The torch has been passed," said Paul shortly after the game, as the younger Mid-Islanders traced the same footpath that he and his teammates traveled 42 years earlier.

Paul and Quattrochi later joined former teammate Daniel Yaccarino in South Williamsport to support the Mid-Atlantic champions. The trip from Staten Island to South Williamsport for the spectators took a little more than three hours by car.

For the present-day Mid-Island squad, the distance could be measured a little differently. The road to Williamsport required six weeks of travel, from the island to Upstate New York and Central Connecticut, and through a series of tests along the way. But when Frank Smith stepped to the plate in the final inning of the final game in the region tournament, Williamsport was much closer than a three hour journey.

It was one swing away.


Linescores:

  Pool Play Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
South Caroline (Maryland) 0 0 0 0 4 x 4 4 0
  Pool Play Game 2
Mid-Island (New York) 0 2 0 2 5 1 10 11 2
Naamans (Delaware) 0 3 1 5 0 0 9 11 1
  Pool Play Game 3
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mid-Island (New York) 1 0 3 0 0 x 4 5 2
  Pool Play Game 4
Livingston American (New Jersey) 0 1 2 4 1 2 10 13 0
Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 2
  Pool Play Game 5
Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 0
Naamans (Delaware) 2 0 1 0 1 x 4 8 1
  Pool Play Game 6
Mid-Island (New York) 2 5 4 0 9 0 20 21 1
South Caroline (Maryland) 4 0 2 0 4 0 10 8 3
  Pool Play Game 7
Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
South Caroline (Maryland) 0 0 3 1 0 x 4 7 0
  Pool Play Game 8
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 6 3
Livingston American (New Jersey) 2 0 1 4 0 x 7 10 1
  Pool Play Game 9
Naamans (Delaware) 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 7 1
South Caroline (Maryland) 2 3 0 0 2 x 7 6 1
  Pool Play Game 10
Livingston American (New Jersey) 2 0 4 0 0 0 2 8 9 0
Mid-Island (New York) 4 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 4 1
  Pool Play Game 11
Capitol City (District of Columbia) 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 0
Butler Township (Pennsylvania) 0 1 2 0 0 x 3 8 0
  Pool Play Game 12
Livingston American (New Jersey) 4 1 0 1 2 0 8 10 2
Naamans (Delaware) 0 0 1 2 0 2 5 9 4
  Semifinal Round
South Caroline (Maryland) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Mid-Island (New York) 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4 0
  Semifinal Round
Livingston American (New Jersey) 2 1 0 4 2 7 16 17 1
Naamans (Delaware) 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 8 4
  Championship Game
Livingston American (New Jersey) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 2
Mid-Island (New York) 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4 0




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